For the past ten months, eight women’s volleyball teams belonging to eight participating universities of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has been slugging it out at their trainings in their respective university gym. Each has one goal in mind, the championship. It is more than just attractive jerseys; it is more than the statuesque players; and it is more than school pride. It is to make an indelible mark in the field of volleyball in the country, a game which is getting more and more popular lately. Thanks to these eight great teams that continuously surprise the fans every time they clash on the court, volleyball became a household name. Anybody who has been following the games know very well how the Mall of Asia (MOA) and the Smart Araneta Coliseum explode into chants and cheers during the championship bouts, especially if the contenders provide thrilling and exciting rallies.
This 80th season, we can expect the De La Salle Lady Spikers to play their hearts out being that they are the defending champions. They will defend and attack just to keep the title and get a three-peat. Of course, other teams will not be out of the picture. The bridesmaid for the past two years, the Ateneo Lady Eagles, who have been struggling without their ace player, Alyssa Valdez will not play to fail. Under the tutelage of Coach Tai Bundit, the ALEs will fight to get the championship they won in 2015 back. Not to be ignored is the UST Growling Tigers, who last held the championship title in Season 72. Star Player Sisi Rondina whose legs have wings will do everything in her power to return to Espana their 16th championship title. This year’s host, the FEU Tamaraws, will also be charging and facing head-on the attacks of the other teams. Strong-hitter Bernadette Pons, with the other experienced Tams will strive to win a championship before she says goodbye to her alma mater. Towering Jaja Santiago from National University will not be outdone either. They are also hungry for a championship title since NU has only had two championships throughout the entire history of the UAAP, and Jaja vows to bring it home before she graduates.
Meanwhile, the University of the East Red Warriors, who have suffered a dearth after winning their 6th championship title in Season 35, has undergone a rebuilding and is striving to bring back the days when they wield power in the court. They are being mentored by a bemedalled coach, Coach Francis. Like the Red Warriors, the Lady Falcons is still in search of that elusive championship title. So expect the Lady Falcons to also fight spike-per-spike to win this year’s championship. They have an experienced American volleyball coach. Airess Padda to help them get to the final round. And last but not the least of the eight teams, is the Lady Maroons who themselves are getting fresh playing techniques from their new Kenyan coach, Gody Okumu, who vows to make a strong team who can sustain long rallies and face all the challenges inside the court.
Expect more exciting and thrilling matches this season as each of these teams will fight for supremacy and dominance inside the court. Who do you think will come out victorious? Well, your guess is as good as ours